Our Yorkshire Farm couple met on dark night & found love despite 21-year age gap

The love story between Our Yorkshire Farm stars Amanda and Clive Owen began on a dark evening.

Back in 1995 when they first met, Amanda was working as a 21-year-old trainee shepherdess and knocked on the 42-year-old farmer’s door looking for a ram.

Clive, who was divorced from his first wife and has two children from their marriage, was running his Ravenseat Farm in Upper Swaledale single-handedly when Amanda arrived as part of a routine job.

Describing the first time they met on their popular Channel 5 series, Amanda explained that she came to a burrow a “tup”, which is a male sheep to those not used to farming lingo.

While it certainly wasn’t love at first site for Amanda, divorced bachelor Clive was immediately attracted to the young woman standing in his doorway despite their 21-year age gap.

“I do remember this six-foot something woman knocked on the door. I was very taken with her. You couldn’t not be,” he said.

There is a 21-year age gap between Clive and Amanda Owen

Both decided to pursue tough way of life from an early age despite neither coming from farming families.

“It was a slow burn thing we kind of got to know each other. Made friends first then went out a little bit together,” said Amanda.

“With us both coming from non-farming backgrounds we were kind of peas in a pod really but we didn’t know that at the time.”

Having grown up in Huddersfield, Amanda tried to break into the world of modelling as a teenager but found it wasn’t everything she dreamt of.

“When you think you’re going to be a model in like Vogue, Cosmopolitan, but actually then you end up doing knitting catalogues and things like. It was cardigans, floral, Prince Diana 1980. No thank you,” she explained.

Amanda was an aspiring model as a teenager
Amanda was an aspiring model as a teenager

Then Amanda was inspired to get into the farming life by a book full of beautiful images of landscapes and animals.

Realising she wanted a job where she could feel the elements and be at one with nature she gave up her career as a model.

Born in Doncaster, Clive on the other hand dreamed of becoming a shepherd early on in life and said he “caught the bug” at the age of just eight-years-old.

He says there was never any doubt he would become a sheep farmer and their shared love of this way of life drew them together.

Just five years after meeting they got married in 2000 and are now parents to nine children, who all help run their 2,000 acre which is home to 1,000 sheep, 40 cows, six dogs and four ponies.

Clive always knew he wanted to be a sheep farmer
Clive always knew he wanted to be a sheep farmer

The 46-year-old shepherdess has given birth a whopping nine times to her children Annas, Violet, Edith, Raven, Clemmy, Nancy, Reuben, Miles, and Sidney.

While their life may seem chaotic, the parents say they are very focused on what they need to be aware of and realise a lot of things depend on them, not just the kids.

Explaining why the kids are all involved with helping out, Amanda said: “We all have to work together as a family. I really don’t feel that’s a bad lesson. This is what needs to happen and we all need to do it.

“I don’t feel like that’s sort of ‘breeding your own workforce’ because it’s not that. It’s a fact of being involved and have that responsibility and being part of something. I think that’s a good thing.

Clive added: “I’ve always thought when we’ve been working the kids like to be part of something. It’s lovely when they are around to help and they help willingly. I miss them when they’re at school. When they’re at home it makes a difference, definitely.”

Amanda and Clive Owen with their children Annas, Violet, Edith, Raven, Clemmy, Nancy, Reuben, Miles, and Sidney outside on Ravenseat Farm
Amanda and Clive Owen with their children Annas, Violet, Edith, Raven, Clemmy, Nancy, Reuben, Miles, and Sidney outside on Ravenseat Farm

Amanda gave birth to six of her children at the roadside because she couldn’t get to a hospital in time, so in the end decided staying at home was the best option.

“I was so fed up of spoiling people’s picnics and all the rest of it,” she told This Morning hosts Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary last month.

“So, I thought right well, this time I’m just going to go it alone.”

But Clive missed the birth of their eighth child, daughter Clemmie, because he had already seen Amanda welcome six of their kids into the world and “wasn’t particularly bothered”.

“I put the kettle on, stoked up the fire and basically had her in front of the fire with just a terrier as a birthing partner, which is perfect,” she admitted.

Amanda gave birth in front of the fire
Amanda gave birth in front of the fire

Amanda bravely carried on alone and gave birth in front of the fire with only one of her pet dogs for support while Clive was asleep upstairs.

“Clive wasn’t desperate to be at the birth, he was asleep upstairs. I went and woke him up with the baby,” she told Radio Times.

“Of all the births I’ve had, this one has to have been the best – it was the most relaxing, the most quiet, the most peaceful.”

With so many children, Amanda breastfed virtually non-stop for 15 years of her life, but it’s a lot easier when she’s working hard on the farm.

“Why wouldn’t I?” she told Country & Town House in an interview in November. “It’s easy, the right temperature, and when you’re out lambing, what are you going to do?”

She also got a bit of a surprise when she found out she was six months pregnant with ninth child Nancy and had not noticed.

The couple have nine kids together
The couple have nine kids together

“It came as a real shock because I had no signs of pregnancy whatsoever,” she told The Mirror in May 2016.

“It was only when I ­realised I wasn’t looking as svelte as usual that I took a trip to the GP.”

Recently, Amanda hit back at assumptions made about her family and claims she was not a stereotypical shepherdess.

While appearing on Steph’s Packed Lunch last week, Amanda spoke out at the suggestion she ‘doesn’t look like’ a farmer who is the mother of nine children.

Presenter Steph McGovern said: “Throughout it all you stay so glamorous. Which, always, I’m amazed about.”

Amanda Owen says she doesn't want to be seen as a stereotypical shepherdess
Amanda Owen says she doesn’t want to be seen as a stereotypical shepherdess

Insisting this was not the case, Amanda replied: “Look at my hands though Steph. Honestly, I’ve got iodine up my arm.

“I painted my nails while I was waiting to do this, but I really don’t know why I’ve bothered.”

Amanda confessed she doesn’t spend too much time thinking about the assumptions made on her looks and doesn’t like stereotypes.

“I mean yes I’ve got a sheepdog, yes I’ve got a crook. Yes I spend my time running around after sheep, but I can do other things too,” she said.

Amanda added: “I think that’s the name of the game, to be able to turn your hand to whatever comes your way.”

*Our Yorkshire Farm airs Tuesdays on Channel 5 at 9pm

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